The windows were open.
We had just checked the weather online. Our county was under a severe thunderstorm warning. A potent line of thunderstorms ahead of an advancing cold front was moving in our direction. One warning reported winds as high as 70 miles per hour were possible near thunderstorms.
We started hearing thunder. Lightning flashed. Wind picked up quickly and began to howl.
To keep the coming rain out, Karen, sitting at her computer, stood up and closed the window in front of her… and the lights went out.
Time to get the flashlights and LED lantern out.
It was 9:45 PM or so and very dark. The worst of the storm passed by very quickly, though it rained heavily for a while. We decided not to run the generator as it was almost bedtime, assuming that power would be back by the time we got up in the morning.
The generator was on and supplying power for about 4 hours this morning before power restoration, a little over 12 hours after we lost it.
We were luckier than some. I took a short drive this morning to see if I could spot why our power was still out. I saw a number of trees toppled and snapped, including a big pine that landed on the corner of a house.